September 7, 2015
At a very young age of three, Swarnalatha J was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis which is a progressive disorder that affects the nerves and restricts mobility. The news shattered her but it certainly didn’t stop her from dreaming to do things that she loves doing. She is a motivational speaker who has delivered talks in colleges and corporate houses in and around Coimbatore. She is also blessed with a melodious voice and enjoys singing and playing antakshari. Plus, she involves herself in activities like planting more trees and growing vegetable gardens.
Post giving up her job with Audi Cars, Bengaluru, last year Swarnalatha along with her husband Guruprasad T S established Swarga Foundation in October 2014. “The aim of the foundation is to improve the lives of patients affected with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological diseases. We also work towards promoting art, music, sports, literature and we also spread awareness about neurological disorders.” Swarnalatha says. The foundation has hosted puppet shows in the past to spread social awareness messages like plan more trees, do not litter the city among other themes.
Ever since this foundation was established, its founders have worked towards creating awareness about Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological diseases. One of their most successful events till date is their All Women’s Cyclothon that was organized to spread awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. “Around 50 women took part in this 12-kilometer Cyclothon that started from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. They cycled up to Perur.” Swarnalatha says.
Spreading the awareness about Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological diseases is the need of the hour she feels. Since there is no cure for these syndromes, people must be sensitized about their ways to prevent them.
This October, Swarga Foundation will celebrate its first anniversary. They have plans of launching a 2016 calendar called ‘I am special’. This calendar will feature specially blessed children who suffer various syndromes. This is an initiative by Swarga Foundation to spread awareness about disorders that affect people, especially children.